Your Budget – A Moral Guide
A budget is a moral guide not simply a tool to achieve financial freedom.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy these poignant instructions for all of us. Listen carefully: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
To be able to live this way, we must set boundaries on our personal spending to help us operate with intentionality. A budget is simply a tool that enables us to be rich in good deeds and to live generous lives. Far from being a hindrance to us, a budget protects us. It enables us to achieve financial goals but prevents us from putting our hope in wealth. A rightly constructed budget honors God with an emphasis on giving and saving to help us from spending on our own selfish desires. It empowers us to know where our money is coming from and exactly where it’s going. When used diligently, it causes money to go to work for us. Not the other way around. Tracking our income and spending leads to financial freedom and brings joy. A budget is simply a moral guide that keeps us faithful to the Lord.
We hope you can join us at Crown’s 2023 Reunion. We plan to gather October 12-15 at Ridgecrest Conference Center near beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. For more details and registration, go to crown.org/reunion2023.